You probably have a handful of movies in your collection. And because of this, you definitely would like to keep them organized – all displayed, sorted, packed with pretty fan arts and accurate information. By the end of this article, you will learn how to turn your movie collection from this

Movie Folders on PC
Movie Folders on PC

into this

Kodi Movie Library
Kodi Movie Library

What you will need

  1. A PC to edit files and folders.
  2. Internet access.
  3. A machine with Kodi inside like the Vero 4K+.
    Vero 4K+ with Remote
    Vero 4K+ with Remote
  4. Access to your storage with the files.

What to do

Frankly, achieving that takes some work. But it’s not as hard as you think. You just have to be consistent. Here’s what you do.

1. Put your files in its own folder

Just like candy, each goodie in its own wrapper. This isn’t required, but it’s good practice. If you don’t do this, you need to rename the file itself.

2. Rename your folders

Kodi uses an addon (sort of like an app) that gets information from a website. By default, it gets its information from TheMovieDB.org. Your folder should be in this format- Title (year). Copy the title and year from TheMovieDB.org. Remove any special characters like an apostrophe (‘) or colon (:).

Example would be The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings- The Two Towers (2002)

3. Move these folders into a folder

It’s ideal to move all your newly created folders into one folder. Create a folder named “Movies”. You can name it anything you want, but for this tutorial, I’ll use “Movies”. Do not move any TV shows, Animes or Music files. Just the movies.

4. Set up the scraper

If you’re using an external hard drive, highlight the “Movies” folder and press the properties button on your Hub remote. Hint: It’s the button with the 3 horizontal lines. The context menu will come out.

Context Menu Showing
Context Menu Showing “Set Content” Option

Then, select “Set content”.

Kodi's Set Content Window
Kodi’s Set Content Window

Select the following options:

  • This directory contains  Movies
  • Choose a scraper  The Movie Database (default)
  • Movies are in separate folders that match the movie title  yes (blue)
  • Scan recursively  no (grey)
  • Selected folder contains a single video  no
  • Exclude path from library updates  no

5. Let the machine work its magic.

You will be asked if you want to update your library. Select “Yes”. Relax. Eat some chips or drink some coffee. This will take a while.

6. Check it out.

Time to admire your library! Look around. You will see below the different views on the old Wetek Hub. You can watch by title, by actor, by genre, by year and you can group together movie sets or series.

Kodi Movie Library
Kodi Movie Library (Confluence skin – version 16)
Kodi Movie Set View (also using Confluence Skin)
Kodi Movie Set View (also using Confluence Skin)
Kodis Search Shows by Actor
Kodi’s Search Shows by Actor
Kodis Search Shows by Genre
Kodi’s Search Shows by Genre
Kodis Search for Shows by Year
Kodi’s Search for Shows by Year

Note

Normally, the movie info is accompanied by media flags similar to the ones below. But in this case they are missing because I used text files as dummy files.

Kodis Media Flags on Confluence Skin
Kodi’s Media Flags on Confluence Skin
 

 

Frequently asked questions

Q: What if I want to add more movies?
A: Just repeat steps 1-3 and update your library. No need to do everything again.

Q: What if I want to update my library automatically?
A: You can also do that in the settings. There’s an option to update library every time Kodi starts up.

Q: Will the update also remove broken links/paths?
A: No, unfortunately. When you try to activate a dead link, Kodi will prompt you if you want to remove the link from your library.

Q: Will it always look like this? What if I want to change it up?
A: No. There are skins that can change the theme of the application.

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2 Responses

  1. What if i wanted to make a seperate category or whatever for just movie sets of a different genre….for example just Horror movie sets. Can this be done? And if so please explain

    1. Hi Brandon.

      Good question! No need to separate it to another folder. You let the scraper do the heavy work. It will already categorize the movies into comedy, horror, etc for you.

      You only need to separate movies if you have a blu-ray structure (BDMV) where you have more folders inside the movie folder.

      I’m updating this post. I’ll add your question to the post and show you what I mean. Please visit this post again in a week or 2. 🙂 Thank you for the question. Keep ’em coming!

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